Umer Ahmad, a 43-year-old Muslim-American physician from New Jersey, was in his Trenton office when he heard that a rented pickup truck had deliberately driven down a bike path in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen more.
“My initial reaction was, obviously, concern and shock over what happened,” Ahmad told NBC News. “And then, basically, I was wondering if it was a Muslim who did it.”
But if we wonder “if it was a Muslim who did it”…. RACIST!
In March, Hussain reported an attack at his on-campus office. He told ISU police he was thrown to the floor by an unknown attacker. Police later determined the attack did not happen. Hussain was dismissed from his teaching position at the university.
Hussain also claimed he’d received emails containing anti-Muslim messages and threats of potential violence against members of the Muslim community. Investigators were able to track the computers from which the emails originated and uncovered evidence to charge Hussain with sending the emails himself.
Naz Ali, who had never eaten pig meat due to his religious beliefs, was dining with his family and friends at Farmer John’s in Sutton Coldfield.
Why wouldn’t you assume that this bucolic English pub was a pork-free zone?
Speaking with the Birmingham Mail, the 39-year-old truck driver admits he never asked staff what kind of meat was used in the dish and assumed it was chicken.
Mr Ali, who ordered a beef burger along with the side of fries, said he ate about a quarter of the dish before checking with the waitress.
He says when he complained staff apologised and gave the children in his party free desserts.
But the pub’s management claim they also waived the entire bill after Mr Ali complained, reports The Birmingham Mail.
Mr Ali said: “My friend said I should check what I was eating [after you’d eaten “a quarter” of it. Quick thinking there – Ed.] so I asked the waitress and at first she had no idea.
“Then she came back and said she was really, really sorry because it was pork.
“I had food in my mouth and I spat it out and went to the toilet, where I was sick. I felt degraded.”
It didn’t help his case that he shared a joke about a devout Muslim on his Facebook page.
Now the small landlord who rented out the main floor of his Brampton home to an Arab Muslim couple must pay them $12,000 for failing to accommodate their religious practices when showing their apartment to prospective tenants.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario also found that he “harassed them and created a poisoned housing environment.”
His sins? John Alabi refused to remove his shoes when showing the bedroom where the couple prayed and while he always gave them the mandated 24-hour notice before showings, he didn’t always provide the five-minute heads-up they’d requested to ensure the wife was modestly dressed and they weren’t in the midst of their five daily prayers.
This is the same Kangaroo Kourt that refuses to enforce the law when Muslims blatantly discriminate: Landlords face no punishment for discrimination in online ads
If you haven’t heard of Clichy yet, you likely soon will. The town of 60,000 inhabitants, minutes north of Central Paris, is the latest flashpoint between the secular French Republic and its burgeoning Islamic population, members of which were involved in a tense stand-off with police Wednesday morning over the closure of a temporary mosque.
The mood was extremely taut during the police operation which saw members of the mosque removed from the building, the doors of which were later soldered shut. As news of the eviction spread, crowds re-assembled in front Clichy’s town hall to demand a meeting with the mayor, their protest overflowing onto the main thoroughfare, Boulevard Jean Jaurès, blocking afternoon traffic.
The short-term lease of a public building had been agreed with local Islamic associations in 2013 by Clichy’s then socialist mayor. Two years later, in 2015, the newly elected center-right mayor announced the termination of the lease for the opening of a planned media library, setting the stage for the legal wranglings culminating in this week’s eviction.
In extraordinary scenes – particularly for a country in a state of emergency after two years of Islamist terrorism – police looked on as defiant chants of ‘Allahu Akbar’ were heard in front of the town hall and traffic was blocked by over a hundred members and supporters of the mosque staging a sit-down protest in the middle of busy Boulevard Jean Jaurès.
…Police, reinforced with a heavy presence of anti-riot CRS, stood back despite the outlawing of such street prayers several years ago, choosing instead to negotiate with community leaders who are demanding a longer-term formal lease on the building with a view towards its purchase.
A replacement mosque in a newly opened Islamic cultural complex is too far from the center of town, protestors complained, and lacks the space to accommodate Clichy’s growing Islamic population.
‘When the first news of the attack in Westminster began filtering through, I, along with many others, felt that familiar knot in our stomach – the kind one feels when braced for a predictable battle to separate fact from hysteria, plead for a sense of proportionality and entreat the hurt and the angry not to generalise. Despite being poised for the response, something felt different this time. Seemingly within minutes, former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was at the scene stirring hate while the shock was fresh. Nigel Farage was on the radio a few hours later, spewing predictable bile. Katie Hopkins published her usual MailOnline column, its tone sharpened to meet the high-octane moment, and was hosted on Fox News. Twitter abuse flooded towards Sadiq Khan, unleashed by Donald Trump Jr, who criticised London’s mayor hours after the attack for a perfectly reasonable and responsible claim he made six months ago that terrorist incidents were now part of the experience of living in a large city. We can only assume he singled out Khan because he was Muslim. All this happened in less than 24 hours after the attack.’
I swear they type these pieces in their sleep. She probably has ten on file, ready to go. But I guess she forgot, no doubt in a rare access of honesty, to mention the part where she felt bad for the maimed and murdered victims. Oops.
Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed has warned that the enduring failure to champion diversity on TV is alienating young people, driving them towards extremism and into the arms of Isis.
Ahmed, known for his roles in Four Lions and the the Star Wars prequel Rogue One, said the lack of diverse voices and stories onscreen led people from minority backgrounds to “switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria”.
…“People are looking for the message that they belong, that they are part of something, that they are seen and heard and that despite, or perhaps because of, their experience, they are valued. They want to feel represented. In that task we have failed.”
He added: “If we don’t step up and tell a representative story … we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with Isis in Syria. We are going to see the murder of more MPs like Jo Cox (who was murdered by a white guy, I guess cause he noticed he didn’t look like Lenny Henry – Ed.) because we’ve been mis-sold a story that is so narrow about who we are and who we should be.”
…Ahmed called on the government to act, particularly to overturn the unconscious bias in hiring that was preventing talented people from black, Asian and minority backgrounds rising up the ranks. He said public money should be tied to representation targets for broadcasters to break the cycle of top jobs going mainly to white men.
…By 2020 the BBC aims to have 15% of its workforce from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. h/t
h/t ontario john
The drawing of a Muslim woman wearing an American flag as a hijab has become one of the most iconic images of resistance to President Donald Trump, raised on protest signs and shared on social media accounts around the world. The picture is part of artist Shepard Fairey’s “We the People” poster campaign, a series of stylized representations of people demonized by Trump: a Latina woman, a black woman, and the Muslimah draped in stars and stripes.
It is telling that the Muslim figure is the only one depicted by Fairey as parading her patriotism on her body. This is a sign of how deeply the suspicion that Muslims are a foreign enemy force has been ingrained – so that our loyalty must be overtly displayed, worn figuratively on our sleeves if not literally on our heads.
In Canada, too, proclamations of Muslim patriotism have been seen as a way of combatting Islamophobia. Last year, for example, the Canadian-Muslim Vote initiative embarked on a project to erect Canadian flags in front of every mosque in the country.
But the compulsion to swaddle Muslims in flags is not a cure for Islamophobia – in fact, it is one of its symptoms.
…Exhibitions of flag-wrapping also obscure the oppression and exclusion lying behind the flags.
We should recognize that flags are not only symbols of national pride but are simultaneously symbols of national violence: Canada and the United States were built on the dispossession and genocide of Indigenous peoples, the enslavement of black people, and the exploitation of migrant workers.
It’s a classic. When I get my computer back I’m going to try to take a screenshot of the whole thing, because it’s well worth recording. (Actually if someone could do that it would be awesome, and result in a cookie in the mail.)
Note the initial unwillingness to give an answer that conveys meaning, followed by the enraged self-pity, the utter inability to contemplate the possibility that the Muslim world is responsible for any of its own problems, the insistence that terrorism carried out against civilians should not be interpreted as an act of hostility towards those civilians, but rather towards their government, the framing of terrorist acts as legitimate war, the insistence that terrorism carried out in Europe and America is defensive,* the whining (we’re responsible for what happens in Burma, you guys), and then the (as I read it) accusation that I’m a bigot for wanting to defend the West against jihad, because apparently that implies that I think that all Muslims want to be terrorists, even though he’s just been explaining to me why they ought to. When I point out that this is deranged, he responds with a boating threat, followed by a very succinct example of that inimitable combination of lunatic triumphalism and whinging self-pity to which the Muslim mind seems so uniquely disposed: “Had any other religion been attacked as much as Islam is attacked today… that religion would have perished a long time ago.”
And finally, bafflingly, inevitably, the assertion that the West is doing all the killing in Syria.
Going by his first tweet, he seems to like Isis and consider its activities a legitimate manifestation of sharia. I guess he never got the Nothing To Do With Islam memo. And he’s a fan of Linda Sarsour, so that’s nice.
(*When Muslims and their apologists assert that jihad is only waged defensively, remember that Muslims do not appear to be able to imagine a political scenario in which they do not feel themselves to be wronged and victimized.)
Off-topic, really, but the Sinéad O’Connor suits Crazy much better than the Makeup-Slathered Hijabi (TM).
The sister of Yasmin Seweid, the 18-year-old Muslim woman who lied about being harassed by a group of Donald Trump supporters on the New York City subway earlier this month, is blaming the media and the New York City police department for investigating the story.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Sara Seweid also appeared to excuse her hoaxing sister, expressing concern over the “mental state of young Muslim women who feel that they have to lie so intensely to survive.”
…While Sara Seweid wrote on Facebook that she “is not excusing what my sister did,” she went on a lengthy diatribe in which she did just that. Seweid blamed the media for covering the story and blamed NYPD for investigating the hate crime claim.
“The NYPD should have never been involved in the first place even if the incident did happen,” wrote Seweid, who has a “Deport Trump” bumper sticker posted on her Facebook account.
The brother was charged with faking a hate crime in 2012. ‘He claimed that a friend was assaulted by “three unknown males,” reports the Daily News.’
This is another family of dangerous maladjusted nutjobs.
A controversy in Town of Owego over a new monument in Hickories Park for a major terrorist attack in September of 2001. Its wording has upset some. The monument references, ” nineteen Islamic terrorists” as being responsible for 9/11.
A spokesperson for the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier says that having the words “Islamic terrorists” on the monument is a broad brush against the many Muslims who live in the Southern Tier. The group has asked that the monument say “terrorists” or, if they must, use “al-Qaeda terrorists.”
We asked a town lead if the idea of using the term “Islamic terrorists” was a bad one in the era of political correctness? Town Supervisor Donald Castellucci says it is an accurate historical portrayal.
“I don’t live in a politically correct world,” he said. “I live in a historical fact world and cross-terrorism, whether it’s American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is. And, we don’t whitewash things, especially here. And, we think we done the accurate citing of what happened.”
‘“DON’T go anywhere near a mosque,” I told my mother. “Do all your prayer at home. O.K.?”
“We’re not going,” she replied.
I am the son of Muslim immigrants. As I sent that text, in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Orlando, Fla., I realized how awful it was to tell an American citizen to be careful about how she worshiped.
Being Muslim American already carries a decent amount of baggage. In our culture, when people think “Muslim,” the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from “Homeland” or some monster from the news.
Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family.’
I don’t worry about Islamic terrorism. I don’t worry about Islamic terrorism because I am convinced that Muslims are going to whine me to death. h/t
Mr Razaq said: “For centuries my ancestors have not eaten pork. I can’t believe this has happened. I have never, never touched anything like that. It was a bad mistake of Morrisons’ especially to make in the Girlington area which has such a huge Muslim population. It’s unforgivable.
Muslim pajama boy.
‘[Resident of Renton Dave] Brabo spoke with the school’s Director of Nutritional Services, Tom Ogg, who informed him that “he was well aware of the issues (and the slippery slope) with the changes to menu options due to Muslim religious beliefs, but he said lots of Muslims had complained [Surely not – Ed.] and threatened the school by reporting them to the U.S. Department of Education.”
Mr. Brabo was told that if the school system doesn’t “accommodate the Muslim dietary needs that their federal and state funding would be cut or pulled.” He was told that the school system may be doing this in order to better accommodate incoming refugees. [Emphasis mine.]
Mr. Brabo responded by saying, “I want KOSHER food added and labeled, Christian “food” offered during Lent, and even Hindi food offered.” According to Mr. Brabo, Tom Ogg, Director of Nutritional Services laughed and said, “No”. He even cited a case of a school district in New York that had parents protest the labeling of “non-pork” products and offering acceptable Islamic food. The school district had to back down.’
I can’t find any statistics on religion for the Kent School District, but given the racial breakdown I find it hard to imagine they have a whole lot of Muslims. Never mind, all things must be changed to accommodate them.
Student Enrollment 27,872
Hispanic/Latino of any race(s): 21.3%
Black/African American: 12.3%
Two or More Races: 9.5%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: 2.4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.5%
Alternative headline: Do Not Get Between A Fat Entitled Muslim Chick And Her Sugar Rush
I’m inclined to see this more as a batshit-crazy-lawsuit story than a “Muslim” story – I find it hard to connect even the most watered-down lawfare with a scheme to accumulate a Scrooge McDuck bank vault size supply of Kit Kats, I think she’s just generally being an attention-seeking greedy chancer – but of course YMMV. h/t